I missed the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. I also missed both versions of the “awful opera singer” story (Marguerite and Florence Foster Jenkins).
Heck, I even missed Denial, despite the fact that it starred personal favorite Rachel Weisz. (I miss a lot, what with co-critic Scott Marks taking around half of the reviews.) But I still think women made a pretty strong showing onscreen this year.
Here are just a few gynocentric entries (most of which I liked, or at least liked the lead performances in): The Edge of Seventeen, Arrival, American Honey, Queen of Katwe, White Girl, Mia Madre, The Innocents, Nerve, Author: the JT LeRoy Story, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Shallows, The Neon Demon, Fireworks Wednesday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Witch.
I mention it because this week brings a further flurry of fine female-featuring films: The Eyes of My Mother, Things to Come, and Miss Sloane. And hey howdy, the man movies aren't bad either: Coming Through the Rye and Camino a la Paz both snagged three stars. Only Office Christmas Party disappointed — though it will most likely out earn all the others, maybe combined. Make of that what you will.
(Oh, and hey, doesn't that Star Wars movie coming out next week have a lady star?)